Author: Charlotte Bearn

Damien Hirst's 'The Souls' Take Our Breath Away

The remarkable new butterfly editions from Damien Hirst have arrived, and with no exaggeration they are truly breathtaking.

When Hirst’s latest exhibition opened and presented to the public the celestial array of colour and sparkle on offer with these beautiful prints, it has come as no real surprise to learn that these are selling like crazy.

What will strike you though is when these prints are viewed up-close, and away from the curated exhibition space where they were first presented, just how superbly crafted and elegant the work is on its own.

Damien Hirst's 'The Souls' Take Our Breath Away | Image

Damien Hirst's 'The Souls' Take Our Breath Away | Image

The editions are produced using a very intensive print technique called ‘foilblock’. Each butterfly is carefully created in three stages: the bottom, base colour print, which is then accentuated by two more sparkling layers highlighting details on the patterned wings or body. Every single print has taken the master printer 3-4 hours to produce; there is no room for error and only when everything is 100% perfect are they ready.

The finished effect of each print, vibrant with hue, is that of a resonant tension between the stillness of death and the trembling, iridescent life that the individual butterflies convey.

Damien Hirst's 'The Souls' Take Our Breath Away | Image

Damien Hirst's 'The Souls' Take Our Breath Away | Image

Hirst’s fascination with butterflies derives in large part from the way in which these beautiful insects embody both the beauty and the impermanence of life, becoming symbols of faith and mortality.

Of ‘The Souls’ Hirst said: “I love butterflies because when they are dead they look alive. The foilblock makes the butterflies have a feel similar to the actual butterflies in the way that they reflect the light. They represent the soul.”

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43 x 59.4cm

£225

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42 x 59.4cm

£195

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32 x 45cm

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53 x 56 cm

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37 x 65cm

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80 x 80cm

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61 x 78cm

£250

61 x 78cm

£150

42 x 30cm

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Toil & Sacrifice

65 x 65cm

£420

65 x 65cm

£200

50 x 35cm

£50

50 x 70cm

Crazy Cat
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40 x 40cm

£195

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59.4 x 42 cm

£175

59.4 x 42 cm

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100 x 70cm

£220

100 x 70cm

Euan Roberts £267

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75 x 75cm

Tom Lewis £125

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30 x 30cm

£125

30 x 30cm

Angus Vasili £130

Some Other Place

34 x 46cm

£130

34 x 46cm

Nadia Attura £280

£280

50 x 50cm

Randy's Donuts

55 x 43cm

£395

55 x 43cm

£150

60 x 30 cm

£300

58.4 x 39.4cm

Wish You Were Here

59.4 x 84.1 cm

£350

59.4 x 84.1 cm

Snoopy Cube

40 x 40 cm

£195

40 x 40 cm

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50 x 70cm

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Not My First Rodeo (11th Edition)
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90cm x 70cm

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